Health & Fitness

How to find the right sports bra for your knockers

Treat your girls right.

By Erin Cook

Finding the right sports bra is tough. Not only do you need to find a bra that gives your girls the support they need deserve, you also want to look cute.

The solution? Two words: get fitted.

A professional fitter can help you to find the right bra for your body shape and budget. Rather than spending wads of cash investing in 10 not-quite-right crops, wouldn't you rather buy the perfect sports bra instead? (Correct answer: yes.)

Here, we speak to Triumph's Expert Bra Fitter Paula Svoboda about all-things sports bras, including how to know if you need a new one:

How do I know if my sports bra is too big?

You know you're wearing the wrong sports bra if it rides up at the back, or if the shoulder straps slide down. If either of these things are happening, it's too big around the diaphragm. It goes without saying that if you are a 12 and wearing a 16, there's nothing for it to hold onto. (Fun fact: Most women think they are bigger than they are!) If you are falling out of the base of the bra, it's way too big, full stop.

How do I know if my sports bra is too small?

Your sports bra should feel tighter than your everyday bra and fit tightly around the under-band, as this is where the majority of the support comes from. However, if your diaphragm feels restricted and your breasts are squashed in the cups, your sports bra is too tight. You might also find red marks around your diaphragm and on your shoulders.

What about women with a bigger bust?

If you have a larger bust, finding a supportive sports bra is even more important. Go for styles with thicker straps and a wider band with more hooks. Three band hooks or more will help to keep your bust in line, and the thicker straps will provide increased leverage.

What’s the difference between high impact and low impact?

For high impact sports: You need a bra that has superior support and extreme bounce control — these bras will most likely have underwire. You also work up quite a sweat during this style of exercise, so you need a bra with moisture management fabrics.

For low impact sports: You want a bra that moves with your body while still offering good support for your bust. The less seams, the better to ensure no rubbing during your workout. These bras tend to have no wire.

Is it worth forking out cash for an expensive sports bra?

If you care about your breast health, yes, the investment is worth it! However, you must always be fitted and checked, so you are not wasting your money on a bra that does not fit or work for you.

How often should we get fitted?

Triumph recommend getting professionally fitted for a sports bra once to twice a year. This may sound like a lot, but your body is constantly changing, and without a properly fitting bra, you compromise your comfort and support.